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Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  7,521 Ratings  ·  495 Reviews
If you work nonstop without a break...worry about offending others and back down too easily...explain too much when asked for information....or "poll" your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Business Plus (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had some useful advice, although I think it was over-generalized and really meant for women working at large "corporate America" type companies. As a female who just recently started a career at a small (but very successful) family-owned business, I don't feel like all of these rules necessarily apply to my situation.
But I had larger issues with this book.

First, I found that the author seems to use men's behavior as the standard for how the workplace should function. She frequently s
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: career
As cliched as it sounds, this book was a revelation to me. As a young feminist who is just starting out in her career, I was relatively certain that the professional world would have changed since Frankel wrote her book and that acting in a professional (yet reserved) fashion would be sufficient in today's workplace. Clearly, I was mistaken (although not as much as I thought).

Frankel first has the reader take a 49 question quiz, which is able to determine which of the eight areas are both your s
Feb 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not make it through this book because it infuriated me so much.

To begin, the book is horribly sexist, insisting that women should change their behavior because "you don't see men doing it," "it accents your femininity," etc. Over and over again, the author implies that the feminine is somehow lesser and that masculinity is the ideal that everyone should strive for. While fine for someone who just wants to play the game, it's an insult to those who want to change it; the problem in the wo
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101 by Lois P. Frankel is a book that all women should receive upon graduation from college. It is amazing what we, the female gender, do to undermine ourselves without realizing it. Many of us, who come from homes that were supportive and definitely didn't pigeonhold us into the subservient female role, would never imagine how much we have picked up from the social cues and trends around us. Though, until recently, I would have not realized that I suffered ...more
Kressel Housman
This is the first book I read from the bibliography of Anne Kreamer's It's Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace, and I found it much more skills-based and practical. The author's main theme is, "Quit being a girl," by which she means to toot your own horn and stand up for yourself because high quality work alone won't get you noticed and promoted. The corporate world is prejudiced against girls and can't envision them beyond the secretarial pool. Women, in contrast, get ahead ...more
Anablava Ligataj
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that I started this book with a lot of skepticism. I am a feminist and I do not like to be told what I need to change in order to fit to a men's world. I would always prefer to change the world.

Besides that, the fact that the heading of each mini chapter is always titled mistake # (and that goes on from mistake #1 - t0 mistake #300+) got my head fuming. It is direct yes, but also pretty arrogant.

Those two points aside, I would recommend every woman to read this book. Not only girl
This book was exciting at first, but then turn to uncomfortable. First, It made me feel that being a Girl itself is a guilt, acting like a girl, thinking like a girl is not recommended in work place. So basically this book tell people "how to act like a man" because high positions are mostly held by man. If you "don't see a man do this, you should not do this" (!!!?!) . Second, it provide too many no right- no wrong recommend for both gender, but still emphasize only female worker often do this ...more
MB (What she read)
Easy to read and some quite useful tips.

(It would be nice if someday, we, as a society, ever get to a time when men aren't advantaged in business by their sex and women didn't have to make themselves over just to get ahead.)
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book in an effort to teach myself how to stop doing all of those little things that sabotage the advancement of my career. I'm not currently looking for a new job (even though I should be) but I'd still like to work on improving my skills and stop downplaying my abilities.

Things I already know: I act nice to get people on my side, meanwhile, forgetting about my own needs because I want everyone to like me. I also say "I'm sorry" a lot and don't know how to toot my ow
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book with a tacky title that I have bypassed every time I've seen it. But browsing in the library one day I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. I always knew that I was a typical girl in finding it difficult to negotiate money, but I thought that was it. After reading through this book (which doesn't take long as you can easily skip over irrelevant sections), I have realized that I actually am making a bunch of 'mistakes' at work that are not benefiting my career. This book help ...more
Selena Stan
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not identify any real added value in this book. There are some common sense ideas, while other points are simply soaked with feminism.

I went through the book in hope of finding some rational advice to improve my business attitude. After around 10 randomly-chosen chapters I gave up...

Maybe the book would get a higher grade from less experienced readers (in their early twenties, for example). For seasoned business women, it's a waste of time.
Fiona Heath
Loved some of the advice. Some was cliche, some was quite old fashioned. Overall, I'm going to stop saying sorry, or offering to do menial tasks.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had an epiphany-like moment over and over again when Frankel points out that when people shame a woman for unladylike behavior, it's not because there is such a shameful thing as unladylike behavior, it's because it's the easiest and most effective means of getting whatever it is they want out of you.

Because we've been so conditioned to be pleasing to others, accusing a woman of behaving in an unpleasing manner is like an automatic shut off button that manipulative people use against us. Accu
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Starting from the naïve socialization until sex discrimination, most women are way too far from achieving satisfactory successful career life. Lois Frankel addresses in this amazing book, Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office, 101 unconscious mistakes working women do that sabotage their careers. All of these mistakes are results of being socialized with stereotypical norms and roles. Lois's main argument is that women themselves are the ones who carry out the whole responsibility. If they hap ...more
Reading "Nice Girls" back in 2004 was a bit of a shock to me - an unpleasant one. So many of the negative behaviors Lois Frankel describes were things I did in the office on a regular basis. These behaviors were so ingrained in me: don't be too aggressive, apologize profusely for any misdeed, be grateful for any crumb tossed my way, and I sat with my foot folded under me ALL the time. I do agree with Frankel that it's difficult for women to get ahead by always being a "nice girl." Her book struc ...more
This was an interesting read and while I don't agree to all the points the author made I still have the impression of getting some valuable insights. However, since I don't work in a big company I believe that some parts of the book just didn't address me. There was definitely a point when I felt like 'I've heard that one before' but the author remained a little vague on what to do. But then, I don't expect someone to provide me all the answers.

The book was a good place to start and I'll most l
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All women should be forced to read this book. Traits that are inherent to us as women, when allowed to drive the way we function at work, allow others to walk all over us while we ask for more and thank them for doing it.

Even if you think you're a strong, independent woman (which I like to believe I am), this book will point out important things that you do at the office that help keep your pay at less that of your male counterparts and help you get looked over every time there's a round of pro
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I need to clear out my library of unread books and am doing so by reading them. This one was given to me at a woman's leadership conference and so far falling short of the other book "Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman."

It was okay. Wouldn't recommend as there are definitely better books out there, but she said some true things and has some okay tips. I probably make the majority of the mistakes, but am not as bothered. The alternative feels unaccessable and not someone I'd like to work for
Self-help books aren't really my thing and the tone in this book is often condescending, like she's talking to people who are emotionally adolescents. That said, some of her points are great and no matter how much education in women's studies you or I or anyone has, the socialization we received as girls continues to cripple us in adult life. It's inescapable.

I'm not exactly a shrinking violet but I recognized myself in some of her examples. Recommended for women in industries dominated by men a
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome. I wish I had read it years ago. It helps with every day life as well. this is not about what is wrong with men or women but rather practical advice for how to act and speak at work so that men will listen and we won't get upstaged. I suggest this for all women.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will definitely take some of these ideas on board! I really like the ideas about confidence and taking pride of your work, but also about putting yourself first. I think that this is something that I need to work on so I have added these notes to my work desk.
Written by top career coach L.P.Frankel, ‘101 mistakes’ aims to guide women away from the ‘act like a girl’ stereotypes taught to them as young ladies, which according to the author they carry onto womanhood.

The book begins with a self-assessment questionnaire to help you identify what your strengths and weakness are, so you can concentrate more on your weakness. Each section includes a case study and bullet pointed summaries to help you deal with each problem.

I liked that Frankel kept everythin
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember the last time I had this strong of a love-hate relationship with a book. Dr. Frankel definitely offers some practical tips on mistakes commonly made in the workplace (not just women but men as well.) There are some "mistakes" she lists that I found to be ridiculous such as women wearing their hair too long, or not wearing enough make-up. The fundamental flaw with her book is that when she tells us to "play the game" she is referring to workplace politics that, in the corporate w ...more
Sep 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
Some great tips for women about how to stop undermining their success with subtle/subconscious habits (think smiling too much, talking too softly, tolerating innappropriate comments, letting other take credit for ideas, tilting head when talking, and lack of professional networking).

A lot of the advice in the book seemed obvious to me (I wouldn't let someone present something as "their idea" when I had obviously brought it up in the past) but there was some good advice to be gleaned from this b
Rachel Smalter Hall
I loved this and I hated this. Lois P. Frankel is a total pragmatist, which can be tough for an idealist like me to swallow. Throughout "Nice Girls" she argues that women who want to get ahead in business have to learn to play by the rules created by white men in corporate America. We have to learn to live and play within that structure.

Yet I've always held onto this starry-eyed idea that we should be able to create lives for ourselves that honor who we are and what we value. And this is probabl
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This came highly recommended from a blog I read, and I can see why. Thankfully it's not all new to me because an excellent friend of mine has mastered these skills and has been coaching me for some time. (What can I say? I'm a slow learner.)

In essence, it's showing how your normal life skills and instincts (be nice, don't make waves, don't be pushy) have to be tweaked while you're at work if you're in a corporate environment or working primarily with men. (Otherwise many of these may not apply,
Mary Ellen
My overall impression of this book was that it was advice from a few decades ago. Yeah, she updated it with, "Don't post and tweet stuff you'll regret." Brilliant. But she seemed like a grandmotherly voice to me and that made it difficult for me to take seriously.
That being said, I need to be honest. There is the world where I like to think that I work and where I actually work. I like to think that I'm building my career in a modern work environment where gender equality is assumed and diversi
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has sound advice for women (and men) who want to improve their communication skills, professionalism and their ability to earn respect at work (and even outside of work). There are tips that should be common-sense such as always giving a solid handshake and tips that you don't always hear such as what it means when you tip your head as others are speaking. One tip that spoke volumes to me was why women tend to speak quickly when giving speeches and how we need to own it, slow down, tak ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am getting career development coaching and the coach suggested that I read this book.

Overall, I found it to contain concise and easy to implement tips. Many of these agree with my experience and I believe would help build leadership skills and improve your/my/our career.

However, most of these tips come from the author's experience in more traditional corporate settings and they are out of touch with respect to the tech industry and modern setting, especially in the Bay Area. Not all of socia
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written book that provides guidance for anyone in the workplace about common mistakes that we all make, though women are typically more likely to make more of these mistakes than men are. There are a wide variety of topics across all aspects of working, from appearance to negotiating. There aren't any hard and fast rules to follow - it's more about figuring out how you currently present yourself and act at work to how you could better present yourself and act. Frankel advocates for playin ...more
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CMU SWE Book Club: Fall 2012: Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 3 7 Nov 14, 2012 10:42AM  
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Dr. Lois Frankel, President of Corporate Coaching International, a Pasadena, California consulting firm, literally wrote the book on coaching people to succeed in businesses large and small around the globe. Her books Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich are international bestsellers translated into over twenty-five languages worldwide. Stop Sabotaging Your Career, ...more
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